You are my Sunshine Bench Makeover

Perhaps it was the dreadfully long winter or the result of looking at a bazillion cottage inspiration pics, but I knew I had to add yellow somewhere at our house. Not the washed out version either, rather something bright and cheery. Sounds a bit scary for someone who loves neutrals, right? But when I was looking at making over the rustic blue bench I discovered at my parents’ farm last summer, I knew it was the perfect opportunity. It would be that unexpected pop of color at the front door that made me (and hopefully others) smile every time I entered, but wouldn’t be in my face all day long.

Front Porch Yellow Bench Makeover

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Some of you pleaded with me on facebook to leave the bench as it was. I did adore the look of the top, but the rest was a hideous blue color I just couldn’t live with. As well, I wanted it to be a functional bench that we could use for summer backyard parties. Somehow flaking paint and large splinters weren’t exactly what I had in mind. In addition, we had to cut the ends of the bench to fit it in the truck and I had to address the newly exposed wood. Convinced yet?


Salvaged Rustic Blue Bench


To start the bench makeover, we cut the angles back in the ends with a jigsaw. I removed the flaking paint with a wire brush and sanded down the rough and splintery parts until everything was fairly smooth. For the base coat I used an outdoor paint/primer combination in a golden honey color.


Yellow Bench Makeover- DIY Outdoor Paint Project

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Our Entryway Design Plan

I mentioned at the beginning of April that I ordered a new blue ombre rug for our entryway. It finally arrived, and I’m feeling relieved because the bold color is exactly what I wanted to wake up the space. Like many makeover projects, the rug is only the jumping off point. Sometimes new accessories are all you need to refresh a space, but in this case, our entryway design plan requires a whole lot more to create a welcoming first impression.

Entryway Design Plan {Satori Design for Living}

If all goes well in regards to timeframe and budget, these are the steps I believe we need to take in order to give our entryway an updated look:

Remove the linoleum and replace with tile.

From the moment we moved into this home I have despised the flooring. Not only is it lifting, but the pattern and colors are terrible. I don’t care how beautiful an area rug is, it’s never going to camouflage this ugliness.
Entryway Flooring Before
Although I haven’t finalized the tile, I’m leaning towards a charcoal slate floor.


Slate Floor in Mudroom

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Showhome Tour {A Few Highlights}

Although we planned on making our way to visit our new baby niece this weekend, freezing rain forced us to stay fairly close to home. I was itching to get out of the house for a bit, so my husband and I decided to check out a few showhomes we hadn’t been through yet in our area. Although there are few homes I walk through that I absolutely fall in love with, I often find there are parts of homes or certain features that give me ideas for client projects, our current home, as well as the one we plan on building within the next couple years.

The first home we visited had great flow, and we particularly liked how open the kitchen, breakfast area, and living room were to each other. It would be the perfect space for entertaining. We also liked how the stools tucked neatly under the island.


Showhome Neutral Great Room

The warm color palette was also appealing for the snowy/rainy day we were having. Although I tend to like light and airy spaces, they can feel cold in our Canadian climate. Achieving the perfect balance can be tricky.
Showhome Tour- Neutral Living Room and Dining Room
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Front Door Paint Colors and Adding Curb Appeal {Reader Question}

It’s Friday! Let’s get to another reader question from Satori’s Facebook page, shall we? Although our weather has dipped down again today (please, please let this be the end!), it’s time to start talking about freshening our exteriors with outdoor paint and adding more curb appeal. I received photos of two different houses with two very different looks asking many of the same design questions. Today I’m starting with Nicole’s two-story suburban home.

Desperately Need Curb Appeal!

Hello Shauna! I have a major design block. One of the things we want to work on this year is our (lack of) curb appeal. Specifically at the front door. We may buy a new one, we may just paint this one out, but…I cannot for the life of me pick out a color that works. It’s south facing, direct sun all day long. The door already gets incredibly hot so we don’t think black or super dark would be great. Plus fading issues?

I printed out a few pics of the house and cut out the front door. We stuck hundreds of paint chips behind it trying to see what would work. I really don’t want to match the trim color as that seems to be what everyone else in our neighborhood has done. Boring! So far the leading choice is in the purple family, but my hubby isn’t thrilled with it.

We would also like to add window boxes or jazz up the front garden. Any and all suggestions would be incredibly welcome!!

Huge fan, Nicole (Scrap Me Baby)


After emailing Nicole for a bit more information, I found out her style is fairly classic, but she isn’t afraid of color. Landscaping is very selective, with only one purple-toned tree in the front yard. Here are the photos she sent me (she reassures me the siding is cream, not light grey as it appears on my screen).


Reader Design Question- How do I add curb appeal?

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Bang for Your Buck Kitchen Updates {Reader Question}

Last week I opened up the Satori Facebook wall to reader questions and was pleasantly surprised at how many were posted or sent in. Unfortunately I won’t be able to answer all of the questions today, but I will try my best to address each topic in upcoming blog posts.

Satori Design for Living on Facebook

To kick things off, I’m starting with the first question sent in by Amber.


Need Kitchen Help!

Shauna, I’m crossing my fingers you choose my question to answer as I’m really stuck on what to do. We recently bought our first house in Calgary and our kitchen desperately needs a makeover. It’s currently stuck in an 80′s time warp with its dark wood cabinets and fluorescent lighting. Eventually we want to do a complete overhaul, but need to save up for a year or two before that happens. We’d appreciate any recommendations to make our kitchen look a little better spending no more than $500. I just cannot fathom living with how it is right now for much longer.

Thank you, Amber


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